Gordon Corera
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Publishedduration3 NovemberRelated Topics

  • Coronavirus pandemic

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More than a quarter of the incidents which the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) responded to were Covid-related, according to its latest annual report.

The review covers the period from September 2019 to August 2020, so the pandemic occupied an even higher proportion of the agency's efforts after the first lockdown began.

In total there were 723 incidents of all kinds, marking close to a 10% rise on the previous period.

Of those, 194 were Covid-related.

Some of the incidents related to countering nation-state attacks, but most were criminal in nature, the GCHQ division reported.

It also disclosed that it had thwarted 15,354 campaigns that had used coronavirus themes as a "lure" to fool people into clicking on a link or opening an attachment containing malicious software.

Some involved fake shops selling PPE (personal protective equipment), test kits and even vaccines.